“If you can see it, you can be it.” VYCC Adds More Identity-Based Crews

In a rural state like Vermont, the power of a shared experience with peers of a similar identity is undeniable. These crews experience all the elements of a Youth Camping Crew, but are designed to provide a more powerful experience for those seeking one like this. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Local Businesses Stand with Vermonters Who Are Learning, Working, Making a Difference

Susie Walsh Daloz, the Food & Farm Program Director at VYCC, explained the importance of ongoing community support: “This program creates countless connections across our community. Young people learn, grow, and give back. Families struggling with food insecurity and diet-related health issues enjoy increased access to locally grown produce and poultry. Health care providers support their patients with a simple and effective approach to health and wellness. Many alumni of the program pursue careers in food justice, public health, and sustainable agriculture. And none of this happens without the generous support of businesses, foundations, and individuals who recognize the value of what we are building.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Bex Love Selected by The Corps Network as 2019 Corps Member of the Year

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is excited to announce that Bex Love, a young adult AmeriCorps Corps Member from a 2019 Conservation Crew, has won Corps Member of the year from The Corps Network.

Nationally over 25,000 Corps Members work, learn, and explore the outdoors from coast to coast. The Corps Members of the Year are young people who, through their term of service in a Corps, have demonstrated personal growth, outstanding leadership skills, and a sincere commitment to helping their community. All winners of the Corps Member of the Year Award are nominated by their Corps. Here in Vermont, Love was selected due to their personal growth and impressive character development while working on a VYCC crew with six Members.

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PRESS RELEASE: NORTHEAST KINGDOM YOUTH WORK HARD AND GROW FOOD FOR THEIR COMMUNITY

“I don’t know what I’d do for work if it wasn’t for VYCC,” said one Crew Member of the Newport Food & Farm Crew. With support from the Northeast Kingdom Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Oakland Foundation, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) employed five youth from the Newport area to work on VYCC’s Health Care Share project this summer.

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2019 All Corps Season Recap

280 individual VYCC corps members worked from as early as March all the way until the end of November on our Farm and Conservation crews. From sowing seeds, to improving state park infrastructures, to removing invasive species, to harvesting organic vegetables for Vermonters in need, our crews learned, earned, and yearned to make their communities better. Our crews spread across New York State, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and of course every county in Vermont.

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Working in foliage and sleeping under the stars

Check out what Conservation fall crews accomplished! Thanks to these hard working young people, Vermont's parks and trails are even more enjoyable.

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It’s Harvest Season on The Farm at VYCC

As the season moves into fall, harvesting veggies becomes a high priority for Corps Member who will be finishing their service soon.

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From Los Angeles to Vermont

Three young adults from Los Angeles participated in our first Corps Member exchange project.

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VYCC Recognized For Innovative Corps Programming To National Corps Network Board of Directors

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) campus buzzed with action last week. Corps Members wrapped up a summer of farming and two-weeks of campus improvement projects to prevent erosion and increase accessibility. Having a subset of Corps Members on campus presented The Corps Network (TCN) board of directors a unique opportunity to see VYCC programming in person, and to recognize VYCC for its leadership and innovation within the national corps movement.

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